Back to School: Plain City adds latchkey and breakfast programs

New latchkey and breakfast programs are being offered to Plain City Elementary students this school year.

Principal Kelly Hicks said the building will offer breakfast to students for $1.25. Students who qualify for reduced lunch prices will pay 30 cents for the morning meal. The breakfast program will run from 8:30 and 8:50 a.m. and is being offered to give students a healthy start to the day.

Lunch prices will be $2.50, a slight increase over last year. Students who qualify for reduced lunches will pay 40 cents. Milk is 50 cents a carton this year.

Parents who work outside the home will be able to enroll their students in the school’s new latchkey program offered at the school through the Union County YMCA. Before-school care will start at 6:30 a.m. After-school care will start as soon as school is dismissed and run until 6 p.m. The program will be available on school delays. A full-day program on no-school days will operate at the YMCA in Marysville for those who are interested. The program is available for students in kindergarten through fourth grade.

The cost is $45 a week per student for before-school care only, $50 a week per student for after-school care, and $80 per week per student for those who need both. A $25 registration fee is required to sign up for the program. YMCA accepts state fun-ding for child care from Child Care Network and offers scholarships.

Registration for the program must be completed directly through the Union County YMCA. Registra-tion forms and additional information about the program may be obtained by calling the YMCA at 937-578-4250 or going online to and clicking on “Plain City Latchkey.”

Hicks said latchkey activities will take place in the cafeteria, gym and playground areas of the school. They will include afternoon snack, homework time, games, arts and crafts, and indoor and outdoor play.

“YMCA incorporates four core values: caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, into all programs,” said Suzy Zumwalde, CEO and executive director of the Union County YMCA.

The program will be staffed by YMCA employees. The administrator will have related college classes and experience along with certifications related to CPR, First Aid, communicable diseases and child abuse.

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